|34 Clint Tilford
- SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll (2007)
Hard-throwing right-hander will compete for a spot in the rotation ... Functioned as the first mid-week starter for much of the season, getting the nod in the biggest game of his career, UK's elimination game win over Michigan in the NCAA Tournament ... Solved command concerns in the Northwoods League, going 36.1 innings with 34 strikeouts to 17 walks ... Best start of his career came in a dramatic win over Louisville, where he worked 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run, striking out five with one walk ... Former Louisville Slugger High School All-American.
Teamed with Chris Wade and Troy Frazier in the Northwoods League, earning a 3-0 record and a 2.97 ERA ... Appeared in 16 games with two starts, working 36.1 innings, allowing 34 hits, striking out 34 and walking 17.
As the primary mid-week starter all season, Tilford worked in 16 games with eight starts ... Earned a 3-0 record and a 4.61 ERA ... Tossed 41 innings on the season, struggling with command with 29 strikeouts and 27 walks ... Started UK's elimination game win over Michigan in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, working 3.1 innings, allowing four runs, walking four and striking out one ... In his first start of the year, worked five innings, allowing two hits, walking four and striking out three ... Best start of the season came in a regionally televised rivalry tilt vs. Louisville, in front of over 4,000 fans at Cliff Hagan ... Worked 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, striking out five and issuing just one walk.
Promising young right-hander appeared in 11 games with three starts ... Tallied a 1-0 record and a 5.21 ERA ... Worked in 19 innings, allowed 11 earned runs, struck out 13 and walked seven ... In UK's second game of the season at Furman, Tilford got his first collegiate appearance, working two scoreless innings and allowing only one hit ... Had a rough second outing against Tennessee Tech, before rebounding with a two-inning, one run start against Xavier ... Had a three-game scoreless appearance streak ... Forced 20 fly outs and 22 ground outs ... Pitched in two innings in the ninth inning, not allowing a run and only one hit ... Registered starts against Canisius and Evansville, in addition to a start against Xavier.
The top prospect in the state of Kentucky during 2006 ... Named Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year ... Named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team ... Particpated in the ECPS workout in Wilmington, NC in 2005 ... Named the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Outstanding Senior Player of the Year ... Two-year member of the Kentucky All-Star team ... Compiled a 9-1 record with a 1.57 ERA, striking out 86, in 53.2 innings of work senior year ... Junior season notched a 10-1 record with a 1.82 ERA striking out 90 in 76.2 innings of action ... Sophomore year, tallied a 7-1 record, a 2.18 ERA, 42 strikeouts in 48 innings of work ... Led teams to the Region Championship, Class A State Championship, Region I Championship, State Tournament Quarterfinals, and the Class-A Runner-up during his career ... Versatile athlete playing football and basketball all four years of HS career ... All-Western Kentucky Conference football team as a junior and senior ... Named best offensive back junior season ... Named to the Class A Region I All-Tournament basketball team as a junior ... Basketball team won the Region I Class A Championship as a junior ... Coached in baseball by Jimmy Long ... All-District in basketball as a junior ... Valedictorian of high school class ... Named Mr. Heath HS ... Member of the National Honor Roll, the National Honor Society, and Who's Who Among High School Students.
Full name is Clint Adam Tilford ... Son of Daryl and Sherry Tilford ... Born April 2, 1988 in Paducah, Ky. ... Has one older brother Clay (23) ... Cousin Cory played basketball and football at the University of Arkansas Monticello ... Chose UK over North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Arkansas.